Sunday, August 30, 2009
Opera in the Woods
This week-end I had the luxury of experiencing "Opera in the Woods".
But not until we had taken to the sea first.
The event was a fundraiser for Opera Nova Scotia . It entailed an afternoon cruise in St. Margaret's Bay on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Even though it was a misty, rainy day, we were a hardy crew of sailors who decided to weather the conditions anyway.
We were rewarded with views of cozy coves and open waters.
If it hadn't been raining, it would have been the perfect opportunity to wear my Open Waters poncho:
The afternoon culminated in a recital at a private home, nestled among the trees, in Tantallon. Even though some of us were wet and cold from the boat trip, we quickly warmed up at the glowing fire, especially lit for us.
There soprano, Andrea Jeffrey, graced us with her beautiful voice. Andrea sang a program of songs in a variety of styles, including folk songs, lieder, and some opera arias. Many of us were wiping our eyes by the time she finished Madama Butterfly's famous aria, "Un bel di vedremo".
For both warmth and elegance, I wished I had worn my Manon shawl from my Opera Season Collection:
But my attire for the day was jeans, a woollen fisherman's sweater, and waterproof jacket. After all was said and done, that was still the better choice.
Posted by Ilga Leja on 08/30 at 11:12 PM